Ghanaian actress Juliet Ibrahim has said that many light skin women including herself suffer to get movie roles all because of their skin type..
According to her there are not enough older men and women who are light skinned that she can be paired with as her parent in movies hence making it hard for her to get movie roles.
Another thing is that we suffer a lot. Like for me as an actress, we suffer to get movie roles because sometimes there are not just too many actors that are light-skin to pair up as parents. How many light-skin older men are there to play the father role?
So sometimes I’ve lost out on movie roles because of that because they’ll say “Ah, we have to use someone that is dark-skin because we feel like the pairing up won’t work, the casting won’t make sense.”
There are lighter skinned older actresses in Nigeria which has helped me a lot. So sometimes, they’ll just pair somebody like a Ngozi Ezeonu as my mother.
She made this revelations while speaking to lawyer Chude Jideonwo in an interview.
But it really is a lot because even with the casting in movies, they want to cast you light-skin woman as the home-breaker, husband snatcher, so there’s this narrative they put in the minds of people that are watching films and I feel like that’s why we get misjudged with that light skin thing in Africa”, she added.